Visitors may try their hand at theatre make-up, join a guided tour, sing and play in workshops, enjoy pop-up concerts or experience a change of scenery from Lulu to Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District when The Royal Danish Theatre opens its doors on Saturday, January 17, 2015 for an open-house at the Royal Danish Opera. The festive community event marks the Opera’s 10-year anniversary, which will be celebrated throughout the forthcoming season.
The main show of the anniversary season is a production of Die Zauberflöte, directed by Marco Arturo Morelli. The production will open on the anniversary of the Opera’s inauguration day. In addition, the occasion will be celebrated with the world premiere of the Danish opera Sun goes up, sun goes down by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen.
For the past 10 years, The Royal Danish Opera has provided The Royal Danish Theatre with a new setting in which to explore its artistic potential. In connection with the Opera’s opening in 2005, Kasper Holten, former Director of The Royal Danish Theatre, noted that the building provided rich opportunities for expression for the art of opera in Copenhagen and contributed to increasing Copenhagen’s profile on the international opera scene.
The Royal Danish Opera is situated in Copenhagen’s inner harbor, on the site of the old Royal Dockyard, and completes the historical axis running from the Marble Church through Amalienborg Palace—now culminating right at the stage-front where artists and audience meet. The 41,000-m2 building houses more than 1,000 rooms across 14 storeys, including rehearsal spaces, practice halls, and two stages. The main stage is ideal for grand operas, whereas the smaller stage, Takkelloftet, is suited for the more intimate and experimental plays that span across genres.
The dramatic exterior of The Royal Danish Opera interacts with its interior expression. The wooden shell that embraces the large auditorium—visible all the way from the harbour through the glass façade—lies like a smooth and golden conch in the foyer with stairs and light footbridges dynamically connected to the balconies that run alongside the façade of the structure.
The Royal Danish Opera was a gift to the Danish people by shipowner Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller and was inaugurated on January 15, 2005.